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Trent Nelson / AP

With President Trump expected to sign a controversial order on religious liberty, Canada is facing a religious freedom controversy of its own.

The case: Winston Blackmore is part of a community called "Bountiful," an offshoot of Mormonism that allows polygamy. He has married or had conjugal relations with 24 women, and had 145 children. He and his former brother-in-law face up to 5 years in prison on polygamy charges. Their case is before the Supreme Court of British Columbia.

The defense: Blackmore's lawyer argues that his religious freedom is being infringed on, and points out that other forms of "non-traditional" marriage are now legal. He notes that if Blackmore had children with different women without a marriage ceremony there wouldn't be a problem.

Some facts: 58 countries — most of them majority-Muslim — allow polygamy. The practice is criminalized in all western countries, and outlawed in all 50 states.

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In photos: D.C. and U.S. states on alert for pre-inauguration violence

National Guard troops stand behind security fencing with the dome of the U.S. Capitol Building behind them, on Jan. 16. Photo: Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Security has been stepped up in Washington, D.C., and state capitols across the U.S. as authorities brace for potential violence this weekend.

Driving the news: Following the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol by some supporters of President Trump, the FBI has said there could be armed protests in D.C. and in all 50 state capitols in the run-up to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration Wednesday.

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Rep. Lou Correa (D-Calif.) announced on Saturday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Why it matters: Correa is the latest Democratic lawmaker to share his positive test results after last week's deadly Capitol riot. Correa did not shelter in the designated safe zone with his congressional colleagues during the siege, per a spokesperson, instead staying outside to help Capitol Police.